Alhamdulillah I have always been very fortunate in the teams I’ve worked in. I’ve always been very up front about my religion, to the point that I’ll email a team leader before joining his team just to give him/her a heads up about prayer times, commitments to the CSIS etc and they’ve always rushed to accommodate me. To varying degrees, others do not share this experience. At the very worst end of the scale, people are unable to negotiate time away from their desks to perform the very basics of Islam; they may face unwelcome remarks about their dress or customs and they may be overlooked for promotion. It is these people that we have a responsibility to speak for and alhamdulillah because of the unique situation the CSIS occupies, we are able to do so.

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